AlloyUI is Liferay’s user interface framework. While you can use any framework to develop a user interface for your application, AlloyUI is an excellent choice since it’s already used by the portal. Using AlloyUI minimizes the amount of extra JavaScript code that you need to add to your application. This, in turn, minimizes the impact your application has on page load time. AlloyUI is an easy-to-use framework with a uniform API that’s based on YUI. Since Liferay is already using AlloyUI, choosing AlloyUI for your application allows your application’s look and feel to closely match Liferay’s styling mechanisms. For more information about AlloyUI, please visit http://alloyui.com.

In earlier learning paths, you created a Guestbook application, used Service Builder to generate a data model along with service and persistence layers, integrated your application with Liferay’s permission system, implemented portlet actions, and a created a user interface for your application. You also created a Guestbook Admin Control Panel portlet, implemented search and indexing for your application, and integrated your application with Liferay’s asset framework. In this learning path, you’ll explore a few AlloyUI modules and learn how to use AlloyUI to implement form validation. You’ll also learn how to use AlloyUI to handle events and manipulate DOM nodes. You’ll continue the user interface development of the Guestbook application in this learning path.

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